Press Esc to close
Saturday 30 August 2014
News updated at 7:38 PM IST
Weather
Max: 25.6°C
Min : 19.7°C
In Bangalore
Generally cloudy

Thai PM to become first female defence minister of the country

Bangkok, Jun 30, 2013 (PTI):

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra today became the first woman to head the kingdom's defence ministry in a cabinet reshuffle.

As defence minister Yingluck claims a seat on Thailand's defence council which appoints army top brass in a nation where the military has carried out numerous coups, the most recent toppling her brother Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006.

Speaking before the reshuffle was announced, Yuthasak Sasiprapha, who was appointed deputy defence minister, said Yingluck would not cause problems with the military.
"She can do it, she can work with the army," he told reporters.


The leadership of the army is due to undergo an annual reshuffle in October. The hugely influential army draws a large budget and is fighting a rebellion in the kingdom's southernmost provinces which has killed more than 5,700 people in nearly a decade.

In the reshuffle which involved 18 Cabinet posts, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubumrung, who had been overseeing security affairs, including the 9-year-old Muslim insurgency in the southern border provinces, was removed from his portfolio and appointed labour minister, a move seen as a demotion.

The former leader of Thaksin's disbanded Thai Rak party, Chaturon Chaisaeng, is now education minister, while another former party member, Paveena Hongsakul, a women's and children's rights advocate, takes over the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security's top post.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
England's Morgan leaves the field after being dismissed for 10 runs during the ODI against India ...

England's Morgan leaves the field after being dismissed for 10 runs during the ODI against India ...

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi ...

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at a press conference at National Media Centre in New Delhi ...

Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi during the inauguration of the Asia Jewels Fair in Bengaluru ...

Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi during the inauguration of the Asia Jewels Fair in Bengaluru ...

Members of Associaition of Parents of Disappeared Persons  during a protest dharna ...

Members of Associaition of Parents of Disappeared Persons during a protest dharna ...

Sri Lanka cricket team captain Mathews poses with his teammates after the win against Pakistan ...

Sri Lanka cricket team captain Mathews poses with his teammates after the win against Pakistan ...

Alastair Cook walks off dejected after losing his wicket during the ODI against India ...

Alastair Cook walks off dejected after losing his wicket during the ODI against India ...

Artists perform during a play  on the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared ...

Artists perform during a play on the occasion of International Day of the Disappeared ...

Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during a private dinner ...

Narendra Modi shakes hands with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during a private dinner ...

Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi posing with the jewelery at the Asia Jewel Fair in Bangalore ...

Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi posing with the jewelery at the Asia Jewel Fair in Bangalore ...

Special puja being offered to Dasara Elephants in Mysore ...

Special puja being offered to Dasara Elephants in Mysore ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523